Ex-cop who pepper-sprayed protesters awarded $38,000 in workers comp

DAVIS, Calif., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A former California police officer who pepper-sprayed protesters has been awarded more than $38,000 for trauma he suffered after the incident, officials say.

Feds: Terror suspect had 'Jihad library'

SUDBURY, Mass., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors say they plan to use a Massachusetts terror suspect's so-called jihad library against him when he goes to trial next week.

Report: Drone crash triggers clash

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A U.S. drone crashed in South Waziristan, setting off a clash between the Taliban and security forces over the wreckage, Pakistani security officials said.

Kitten-piercing woman guilty of cruelty

WILKES BARRE, Pa., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania woman was found guilty of one animal cruelty charge in a headline-grabbing cat-piercing case, but innocent of two other animal cruelty counts.

U.S spying on Iraqi forces, official say

WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. military is using devices normally used to spy on adversaries to track the U.S-backed Iraqi army, current and former military officials said.

Body of Ra Ra Riot drummer found

FAIRHAVEN, Mass., June 4 (UPI) -- The body of Ra Ra Riot drummer John Pike was found in a bay near where he was last seen after playing a weekend concert in Massachusetts. Following a private party in Fairhaven, Mass., Pike went missing early Saturday morning, prompting band members to po

New troop vehicles need more armor

WASHINGTON, May 31 (UPI) -- Powerful roadside bombs are capable of ripping into the latest military vehicles headed to Iraq.

Body armor sales increase steadily

WASHINGTON, March 25 (UPI) -- U.S. body armor manufacturers are enjoying big sales as the demand has gone up for effective armor for troops in Iraq.

Anti-ship missile traced to Iran

WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- A shore-to-ship missile that hit and damaged an Israeli warship last week has been traced to Iran, a report said. The New York Daily News, quoting a U.S. intelligence source, reported the sophisticated low-flying, anti-ship rocket was an Iranian C-802 Noo

Google Earth maps annoy some countries

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The ability to look at almost anywhere on Earth using free Google Earth software isn't sitting well with several countries concerned with security issues.

U.S. armor not up to new Iraqi bombs

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. military officials are concerned their expensive armored vehicles aren't standing up to new improvised bombs made by Iraqi insurgents.

Protection not in place for electric WMD

WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) -- A nuclear bomb detonated high above the United States could unleash an electromagnetic pulse that would shut down the nation's power grid and, along with it, communications, water supplies and even food transportation.
DEE ANN DIVIS, Senior Science & Technology Editor

Analysis: No liftoff yet for space plan

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- More than a dozen weeks after President George W. Bush announced his ambitious new plan for sending astronauts back to the moon and beyond, interest by the public and politicians has failed to ignite.
FRANK SIETZEN, United Press International

Selling bombs along with soap?

CHICAGO, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Defense contractors usually stay out of the mass market because they have only one customer to persuade -- the Pentagon.

Fires won't halt bombs, may slow land ops

WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- Smoke from trenches of oil burning in Baghdad will matter little to the U.S. bombing campaign but it may slow ground operations, experts said Saturday.

NASA wants safer, simpler space plane

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- NASA issued requirements Tuesday for a new spaceship that will be safer than the shuttle and Russia's Soyuz capsules, big enough to hold at least four astronauts, and available to serve as an emergency escape vessel for International Space Station crews b

Feature: Israel to join elite space club

The Israeli post office issued a new stamp in December showcasing the country''s first astronaut, Ilan Ramon, who is scheduled to fly on space shuttle Columbia on Thursday.

U.S. unveils Cold War-era spy pictures

BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- After more than a decade of delays, on Friday the U.S. government released thousands of photographs and mapping imagery obtained by two high-flying robotic sentries of the Cold War: Keyhole reconnaissance satellites.

Bush given Iraq invasion plan

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Central Command head Gen. Tommy Franks briefed President Bush this week about a scaled-down contingency plan to strike Iraq that calls for an invasion force of some 80,000 to 100,000 personnel including only 50,000 ground troops, administration offic
RICHARD SALE, UPI Terrorism Correspondent

New NASA security plan lacks teeth

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 1 (UPI) -- Seven astronauts preparing for launch this week aboard shuttle Atlantis flew into the Kennedy Space Center on Monday, but that was a secret -- at least for a wh

Inventors showcase homeland defense tech

WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- The Department of Commerce and Patent and Trademark Office on Monday displayed nine homeland defense inventions that have been awarded patents within the past two years and can help protect Americans from terrorist attacks.
JIM KLING, UPI Science Writer

Road reopening under tight guard

COCOA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The military is preparing to ease stringent, post-Sept. 11 security measures and reopen a prime 6-mile stretch of oceanfront highway to commuter traffic.

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